Iain S. Thomas in Vancouver BC

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Monday, August 25, 2014 was a warm summer night full of stories, poetry, and questions. Iain S. Thomas, co-creator of I Wrote This For You, and author of Intentional Dissonance was in Vancouver BC at Y’s Books. Pam and David … Continue reading

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Join Iain Thomas in Vancouver

Ys PosterAcclaimed poet and co-creator of the weblog I Wrote This For You will be in Vancouver BC on Monday August 25th. Y’s Books will host Iain as he reads from his books and meets  readers.

Come join us for an evening of poetry, photography and prose at 7pm on Monday August 25 at Y’s Books located at 4307 Main Street in Vancouver.

You can RSVP to the Facebook event here. Seating and space is limited. Hope to see you there…

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Central Avenue’s Summer Catalog Now Available

Tree_2Check out what’s happening around this little press by browsing through our summer catalog. It’s available for download at our website here.

If you’re a book reviewing blogger and there’s a title that you’d like to feature or review for your blog, please send a note to info at centralavenuepublishing dot com and we’ll get you set up with a digital review copy, giveaway copies and/or author interviews.

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New Release: OMG… Am I a Witch?!

perf5.250x8.000.inddWe’d like to officially welcome Talia Aikens-Nunez to the Central Avenue Publishing family. Her book OMG… Am I a Witch?! is a wonderful addition to our too small children’s offering and we are very proud that she found us. This title was originally published by Pinwheel Books and has already won a silver Benjamin Franklin and kudos from some great authors and editors.

This early chapter book follows April Appleton as she inadvertently changes her big brother into a small dog. April never realized she had these magical powers, but now that her brother is a pooch, what will she do? A fun read, it’s perfect for the 7 to 12 year old in your life.

TaliaNunezTalia Aikens-Nunez wanted to be a meteorologist, a politician and a lawyer. It was raising her bilingual children that inspired Talia to write multicultural children’s books. Her family loves nature so much that she and her husband vowed that they will always try to live close to water, so now they live on a river in Connecticut.

 

ISBN Trade Paperback: 978-1-77168-025-7
ISBN ebook: 978-1-77168-026-4
JUVENILE | Fantasy & Magic
150 pages
List Price: $8.95 | $3.99
Published: August 7, 2014
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A Publisher’s Thoughts on Book Reviews

As a publisher and avid reader, I read SO many book reviews – both of our books and of others. Reviews that are done by average readers such as those on Goodreads or bookstores; reviews written for professional reviewing entities like Kirkus or Booklist; and reviews that bloggers write on their blogs.

Thankfully, the vast majority are well written and thought out – expounding on the reader’s thoughts about the book, the characters, the plot, the writing, etc. Intelligently discussing what they liked and didn’t like. In the end, they apply a number or star rating which is a usually a requisite of the site which they are posting to, like Goodreads or Amazon.

However, there are those reviews that are the opposite of this, written by people who love to hate. They seem to spend a lot of time thinking up fancy words to describe how bad the book is, what a horrible person the author must be, or how they can’t believe the hype around the book because it is simply the worst piece of literary torture they’ve subjected themselves to.

Then, and even worse than the aforementioned type, there are those who quickly whip up a very negative review of the book wherein they describe aspects of the book that weren’t even there: wrong character’s names; or ideas that are misrepresented; all wrapped up in a misspelled mess of a paragraph. It makes me think that perhaps they didn’t really read the book or read it so quickly that the essence of the book didn’t really seep in.

Personally speaking, I want to read the first type. But, I don’t want to read only positive reviews, I read the negative ones too, because it helps me decide if I should buy the book for myself and in the case of our own books, it helps me and the author make better books. I honestly like reading other people’s opinions, even if they don’t agree with my own. I find these reviews so terribly helpful in so many ways and I only wish everyone would do this. It helps make the book world a better place – truly.

The last two types of reviews do nothing to help authors, other readers or publishers. All they do is show that some people are capable of spewing forth such vitriol that it makes the rest of us wonder what those people are like off-line.

In an era when we are so exposed to everyone’s thoughts, we are subjected to so much negativity and hate. It drags us all down. I am in no way suggesting that we all live in one happy bubble where everyone and everything is GREAT. Like most regular folk, I am suggesting that we remember that our online presence is just as important as how we act offline. That the words we use and the way we use them affect people – deeply. Sure, I tell our authors to grow a thick skin and just deal with the bad reviews. But personal attacks on a writer are just so unnecessary, and poorly written, hateful reviews affect writers just as much as if you had walked up to them in real life and told them that they suck.

I think it’s easy to pick on people that we perceive as untouchable: actors, artists, singers, writers, politicians, etc. All these people are doing their jobs and in most cases, trying their best. Sure, we know that doing this job means we open ourselves up to public criticism, but unless we have done something truly heinous, we are looking for praise and constructive criticism. Just like people who are doing jobs that are seemingly more mundane like working in a bank, writing marketing campaigns or building roads.

Today, I read a great Facebook post from author, Molly Ringle which actually inspired this blog post. In it she declares today to be Good Karma on Goodreads Day. Here’s the text from her post:

I’m declaring it Good Karma on Goodreads day! (Or Amazon, if you don’t have a Goodreads account.) What you must do: go to Goodreads/Amazon and click “like” on a few POSITIVE, decently written reviews. They don’t have to be for my books–though of course that’d be awesome. They can be for any books that interest you or that you’ve enjoyed.
The more “likes” a review has on Goodreads and Amazon, the higher it gets placed, so more people see it. So please, let’s boost the nice and useful things that are said out there, to counter the mean snark!
Feel free to share this post if you think your friends might like to do this too. Maybe we can make it a weekly thing. The internet needs more nice.
 

I would suggest that you like the reviews that you truly do like – and don’t be disingenuous (not that Molly is suggesting that either). Do what feels right and good and help spread good feelings. Because we all know what karma does when it comes around.

Cheers…

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New Release: Amanda in Alberta by Darlene Foster

Please join us in congratulating Darlene Foster on her fourth book! Darlene is an avid traveller and translates her own adventures into those of a fictional twelve year old girl who tends to find herself wrapped up in mysteries and adventure as she travels the world with her best friend, Leah.

In the most recent book in the series, Amanda is at home in Alberta and Leah has joined her from England. The two girls are having a great time seeing all that Alberta has to offer: the Calgary Stampede, the Royal Tyrrell Museum and the badlands and Hoodoos. When Amanda finds a stone with a strange mark on it, she’s not sure what to do with it, however, everyone seems to want it – including one ornery cowboy!DarleneFoster

Great for readers young and old, join Amanda and Leah as they explore Alberta, all while trying to keep a few steps ahead of all those trying to take it from her. And don’t forget to enter to win a copy of the book!

 

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Amanda in Alberta by Darlene Foster

Amanda in Alberta

by Darlene Foster

Giveaway ends August 15, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

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New Release: Underworld’s Daughter by Molly Ringle

We are very pleased to present the next book in The Chrysomelia Stories: Underworld’s Daughter. These stories centre around Sophie & Adrian, or Persephone & Hades, as they once were in a previous life. It all started when a stranger walks into Sophie’s dorm room on her first day at university and whisks her away to a spirit realm. While there, she is tricked into eating some pomegranate and shortly after, memories of previous lives come flooding back.

Underworld’s Daughter picks up where Persephone’s Orchard left off, incorporating Sophie’s & Adrian’s friends – both current and in Ancient Greece. Ringle’s world-building is just fantastic and the dynamics between her characters is fascinating. If you haven’t read Persephone’s Orchard yet, you’re in luck because we’ve put it on sale for 99 cents for a limited time. And if you’re interested in winning the books plus some great swag, be sure to enter the give-away.

Happy reading!

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